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We made an independent feature in the Colorado Rockies. Now, we need your help to finish the job.
We made an independent feature in the Colorado Rockies. Now, we need your help to finish the job.
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STRETCH GOAL #2 ACHIEVED! 

NEW VIDEO AVAILABLE TO WATCH!

So... that was quick! It took just 36 hours from the announcement of Stretch Goal #2 before we had reached a milestone we once thought was unattainable. 

"Thank you" doesn't seem to do it justice. There's no a way to express these emotions and the amount of gratitude we feel. 

You have all made the impossible possible.

STRECH GOAL #2 HAS BEEN ACHIEVED!

To show our appreciation, we carried the momentum of this fundraiser out to the streets of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, to see how the masses are reacting to The Daffy! (SPOILER: People like to lie on camera!)

We have entered new territory of fundraising that allows us to create the absolute highest quality version of this film, one that we never even dreamt possible! This next goal could open the door to potential distribution platforms like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and the international film market by allowing us to upscale our footage to the requisite 4K Ultra HD final output and much more.

We are overwhelmed by all the love and support thus far - let’s keep this train rolling! Thank you!

- The Daffy family

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THE DAFFY is a feature film shot on The Western Slope of Colorado in December of 2017. Now months into the post-production process, we are seeking funds for finishing costs to enhance and complete our vision for the project.

The Daffy crew on location.
The Daffy crew on location.

The Film
"The synopsis you briefly skim"

Over a romantic Christmas weekend, a young couple retreats to a secluded cabin in the Colorado Rockies. Paul plans to propose, while Gena hopes to take their celibate relationship to the “next level.” 

When personal beliefs and expectations clash, the two set aside their prior notions and agree to a completely honest, no-holds-barred weekend of “Truth or Dare,” sans the dare. 

As their relationship is tested by manifestations of their buried pasts, the two are forced to ultimately confront each other and the truth within themselves. How much can you ever truly give to someone else?

The Details
"How'd we make this thing?"

We wrangled a crew of 20 filmmakers from around the country and brought them to a remote mountain cabin in Colorado. 

After prepping for six long and difficult months, we hit the road in a rickety van with all of our gear and a single mission: to officially jumpstart our filmmaking careers by making something on our own terms. 

Physical production consisted of arduous days and nights, but we managed to capture everything we set out to accomplish, knocking out 88 pages in 10 shoot days thanks to our unbelievably talented and dedicated team.

We became a tight-knit family during the process, and now we want to invite you to share in this unique experience with us as we turn this project into a product we can all be proud of!

Tone
"Why you won't hate it"

With this project, we want to make a movie that’s appropriate for our time. 

  • The Daffy is about two people with decidedly different points of view, trying to reconcile and find a way to understand each other, as well as themselves.
  • We examine the nature of relationships between modern young adults as they navigate differences regarding their spirituality, expectations, personal philosophies, and the importance of communication.
  • The conflict of our central characters echoes the current American cultural climate. How much does fear of judgment impact a person’s desire to voice their true thoughts?
  • This film is a dramedy similar in tone to classic American independent films, such as Before Sunrise, The One I Love, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
  • Mostly, we want to explore the ways in which we as humans protect, confront, and reveal our vulnerabilities and innermost fears in the presence of someone we love.

Status Update
"Can I stop reading now?"

Almost, just hang tight.

Currently, we are approaching the end of the initial phase of the post-production process as we finalize our first official “Rough Cut.”

From there, we’ll refine the edit into a “Picture Locked” cut. This is where things start to get expensive…

Shot on ARRI Alexa Classic
Shot on ARRI Alexa Classic

The Funding
“What are we going to do with your money?”

In the next phase of post-production, we’ll have to tackle...

  • Animation
  • Color correction
  • Music licensing and composition
  • Automated dialogue replacement
  • Sound design and mixing
  • Titles and graphics
  • Special effects
  • Rights and clearances
  • Miscellaneous maintenance costs
  • Creation of deliverables

...all of which will require the work of paid professionals before the film will be ready for release. 

The Team
"The 1972 Miami Dolphins"

The Cast:

Tanner Kalina, Paul/Executive Producer

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Tanner Kalina’s breakout performance came in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! His hobbies include surfing, supermodeling, music, runway modeling, poetry, hand modeling, and fantasy baseball. And underwear modeling.

Amanda Maddox, Gena

Amanda Maddox is an actor, comedian, and singer from Paducah, KY. She was most recently seen in Criminal Minds on CBS and will appear in Moonbase 8 alongside John C. Reilly and Fred Armisen later this year. Her latest film, The Other Place, was featured at the London Lift Off Film Festival, Dances With Films, and the Cannes International Film Festival. 

Olivia Grace Applegate, Cassie

Indie darling Olivia Grace Applegate has starred in features premiering at Cannes, SXSW, Edinburgh Film Festival, Palm Springs, and more. You can see her in Terrence Malick's Song to Song, The Honor Farm with Michelle Forbes, and the critically acclaimed film Krisha, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and Audience award. Catch her on NBC's Revolution and singing on America's Got Talent in her act "Eric and Olivia," which went on to be a Quarter Finalist.

David Bianchi, Dylan

With over 90 IMDB credits from studio and independents, David Bianchi can be seen in major films and indies like Elizabethtown, Priest, and Filly Brown as well as numerous TV appearances on hit shows like HBO's Westworld, Unsolved, Animal Kingdom, Shooter, The Last Ship, Southland, Pretty Little Liars, Days of Our Lives and others.

The Director:

Joe Duca, Director/Screenwriter

Joe Duca produced and directed his debut feature film, Her Name Was Jo, in the summer of 2016. He spent his childhood performing and directing in the local theater, crafting short films, and idolizing the likes of Frank Capra and Francis Ford Coppola. Joe’s passion for creating humanistic, hopeful, character-driven stories animates everything he does. Grateful to be blessed with a wonderful community of artists and collaborators, especially those that helped make The Daffy a reality, Joe resides in Studio City, CA, and is currently unmarried.

The Producers:

Marshall Kistner, Producer/Executive Producer, UPM

Marshall Kistner is an independent film producer and freelance filmmaker with over ten major feature film and television credits to his name. He has written and directed four short films that have played festivals around the country, including Atlanta, Philadelphia, Austin, and Kansas City.

Marshall enjoys short walks on the beach and long walks off the pier.

Justin Graver, Producer/Executive Producer, Editor

Justin Graver serves as the Executive Assistant to renowned photographer/director Matthew Rolston by day and produces/edits films by night. He has produced numerous commercial productions and still photography sessions for Rolston, as well as a handful of independent short films.

Justin is a proud Movie Pass cardholder and an active member of LA Fitness.

Krissy Jones, Producer/Executive Producer

Krissy Jones works as an actuarial consultant for an equity compensation practice where she specializes in stock price forecasting, utilizing mathematical equations such as the Geometric Brownian Motion... just like everyone else. She can be seen performing improv all over LA with her teams: Bitchcoin and Thoughts & Prayers.

While The Daffy may be her debut feature film, The Phantom Menace is the only Star Wars film she has ever seen.

Savvas Yiannoulou, Producer

Savvas Yiannoulou has had a diverse career in the entertainment industry, working in the Northeast, Southeast, and West Coast markets. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film Wake of Vultures, which screened both domestically and internationally. 

Savvas currently works at the prestigious comedic entity Funny or Die, although he is neither funny nor dead.

Behind-the-Scenes on set of The Daffy
Behind-the-Scenes on set of The Daffy

Past Work
"Have we ever even made anything good?"

Off Trail, 2017
Off Trail, written and directed by Marshall Kistner, premiered at the 2017 First Glance Film Festival in Philadelphia after winning First Place in the "It's A Short!" film competition.

Dinner Prayer, 2015
Dinner Prayer,
directed by Marshall Kistner and starring Tanner Kalina, made its worldwide premiere at the Austin Film Festival in 2015.

Wake of Vultures, 2015
Savvas Yiannoulou's Wake of Vultures screened domestically and internationally with a cast of experienced character actors including: Jane McNeill (The Walking Dead, Magic Mike XXL), Ed Wagenseller (Vice Principals, House of Cards), and Mark Jeffrey Miller (Outsiders, Better Call Saul).

 Mustard, 2017
Mustard is a short blackout comedy sketch. This one is great, because it's only 57 seconds long.

Mustard, much like The Daffy, was produced by Marshall Kistner, edited by Justin Graver, and stars Tanner Kalina.

Perks
"Yes, these are listed on the right, but we want to show pictures!"

Below, and also displayed to the right, is our list of perks given as a thank you for your generous contributions.

$5 - Project Updates

Stay #woke on all things related to The Daffy. We’ll send you exclusive email updates about production status, festival premieres, what we made for dinner last night... you know, everything you’d ever want to know.

$15 - Digital BTS Portfolio

Get exclusive access to digital behind-the-scenes photos, statements from the filmmakers, and a downloadable copy of the script. This is the stuff photo albums are made of, literally.

Includes project updates.

$25 - Private Access to Viewing Link

Watch the movie! Grab some popcorn and your favorite relative and enjoy in the comfort of your own home, just the two of you!

Includes project updates and Digital BTS Portfolio.

$40 - The Daffy Holiday Cards

Receive one of four signature Daffy-themed holiday cards in the mail. Your card will be randomly chosen, and you’ll also receive digital copies of all four designs!

Includes project updates, Digital BTS Portfolio, and link to view the movie.

$50 - The Daffy Limited-Edition Canteen

Get a sleek, limited-edition, laser-engraved Daffy water bottle commemorating the shoot in Rifle, CO. BPA-free. Equipped with carabiner for an active lifestyle.

Includes project updates, Digital BTS Portfolio, link to view the movie, and a Daffy holiday card. Limit: 12

$75 - Special Thanks in End Credits

Ever dream of seeing your name up on the big screen? Done. See it featured front and center in the film’s end credit sequence!

Includes project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, link to view the movie, and a Daffy holiday card.

$100 - Invitation to Private Screening

Attend a one-time-only, private screening of The Daffy in the Los Angeles, Dallas, or Maryland area, joined by members of the cast & crew! We’ll try not to shout out any spoilers. (Travel and accommodations not included. Screening Date TBA.)

Includes Special Thanks in credits, project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, link to view the movie, and a Daffy holiday card.

$150 - NOW AVAILABLE - The Daffy Limited-Edition Cinephile Package

A NEW REWARD HAS BEEN UNLOCKED! For the true movie lover in you, get The Daffy Limited-Edition Cinephile Package, which includes an 11” x 17” mini poster, a signed original script, and a DVD copy of the movie.

NOTE: For anyone who previously donated $100 or less, you can increase your existing contribution to $150 to unlock this reward.

Includes Private Screening Invitation, Special Thanks in credits, project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, and link to view the movie.

$500 - Secret Santa Gift Bag w/ Special Note

At Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter Solstice time, we will send you an epic Secret Santa “grab bag” of presents, some Daffy memorabilia, some fun surprises, and all four Daffy holiday cards, along with a personalized note (to you or whomever you specify).

Includes Cinephile Package, Private Screening Invitation, Special Thanks in credits, project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, and link to view the movie.

$2,500 - Associate Producer Credit

This is the sort of thing you put on a resume.

Includes Secret Santa gift bag, Cinephile Package, Private Screening Invitation, project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, and link to view the movie. Limit: 4

$5,000 - Executive Producer Credit

Ever wanted the Executive Producer credit in a movie? What about the eternal gratitude of an entire group of people? This is your moment, seize it!

Includes everything. Limit: 2

Final Words
“We already said all of this, but we are legally obligated to state this once more per our entertainment lawyer, Peter Paramount, Esq.” 

As you can see, this isn’t your average kickstarter. We don’t need your help getting off the ground, we need your help landing.

This crowdfunding effort is purely to help cover the finishing costs for completing the film. We are profoundly confident in the footage that we’ve already shot, and we need one final push to make this film the best it can possibly be. 

Thank you for your consideration!

- The Daffy Team

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www.thedaffyfilm.com

Risks and challenges

Seriously, you're still reading this? Thanks, mom!

The risks and challenges for this project are wholly unique. Unlike many crowdfunding film campaigns, our movie is already shot, which means there are none of the risks and unpredictable factors typically associated with the production of a movie.

There are no risks for the project's fulfillment of completion. We've already shot the film, and the footage we have looks and sounds great.

So with that being said, there is a bit more certainty baked into this project than others you may come across. Of course, that doesn't mean we won't be facing our own sets of obstacles.

There are numerous complexities when it comes to pushing this movie through the necessary channels to reach our goals, specifically the independent film distribution market. For a film of this level to become financially successful, many things have to go right. But regardless of what happens in distribution, the final product - a feature length film - will be created. Your donations will give the movie the best possible chance to find a distribution partner.

This campaign will require a strong base and a grassroots effort to attain success, which makes it a perfect model to launch on Kickstarter. This film was a team effort on set, and will be a team effort in the execution of the final product up to its official release.

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    Project Updates

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    Includes project updates.

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    The Daffy Holiday Cards

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    Special Thanks in End Credits

    Ever dream of seeing your name up on the big screen? Done. See it featured front and center in the film’s end credit sequence!

    Includes project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, link to view the movie, and a Daffy holiday card.

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    Invitation to Private Screening

    Attend a one-time-only, private screening of The Daffy in the Los Angeles, Dallas, or Maryland area, joined by members of the cast & crew! We’ll try not to shout out any spoilers. (Travel and accommodations not included. Screening Date TBA.)

    Includes Special Thanks in credits, project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, link to view the movie, and a Daffy holiday card.

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    Daffy Limited-Edition Cinephile Package

    NEW! For the true movie lover in you, get The Daffy Limited-Edition Cinephile Package, which includes an 11” x 17” mini poster, a signed original script, and a DVD copy of the movie.

    NOTE: Backers of $100 or less can increase an existing contribution to $150 to receive this reward.

    Includes Private Screening Invitation, Special Thanks in credits, project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, and link to view the movie.

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    Secret Santa Gift Bag w/ Special Note

    At Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter Solstice time, we will send you an epic Secret Santa “grab bag” of presents, some Daffy memorabilia, some fun surprises, and all four Daffy holiday cards, along with a personalized note (to you or whomever you specify).

    Includes Private Screening Invitation, Special Thanks in credits, project updates, Digital BTS portfolio, and link to view the movie.

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    Ever wanted the Executive Producer credit in a movie? What about the eternal gratitude of an entire group of people? This is your moment, seize it!

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    The Daffy Limited-Edition Canteen

    Get a sleek, limited-edition, laser-engraved Daffy water bottle commemorating the shoot in Rifle, CO. BPA-free. Equipped with carabiner for an active lifestyle.

    Includes project updates, Digital BTS Portfolio, link to view the movie, and a Daffy holiday card.

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